Michael Vater was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Michael participated in Future Business Leaders of America and the National Forensics League earning State Champion and National Finalist distinction multiple times in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. In High School, Michael clerked at the law offices of Houston-Harbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the direction of Michael Turzai, now a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In the summer of 2004, Michael was one of fifteen students across the country selected to participate in the prestigious Summer Communications Leadership Development Program at General Electric. In 2005, Michael was selected to attend the exclusive study abroad program hosted by the University of Notre Dame – Australia, located in Fremantle, Western Australia. In recognition of his academic excellence, Michael was awarded the David T. Link Prize for highest GPA while studying abroad at the University of Notre Dame.
In 2006, Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Letters. Michael majored in Political Science and received a minor in the world-renown Kroc International Institute of Peace Studies Program. Michael graduated with Cum Laude distinction. Michael was a Dean’s List Scholar multiple times and was invited into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Fraternity. Michael attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While attending law school, Michael participated in a multi-year clerkship with Terrence Kann, P.A. in Gainesville, Florida. Michael received the Certificate of Excellence for his Pro Bono work with Community Legal Services, a legal clinic located in Ocala, Florida. Michael also received a Certificate of Distinction for his Community Service Participation in Law School. Michael was a member of the University of Florida Entertainment Law Review and Student Honor Committee. Michael was also a member of the International Law Society, the Association for Law & Business, and Sports & Entertainment Law Association. Additionally, Michael served as a two-time Representative to the John Marshall Bar Association. In the summer of 2008, Michael completed coursework in International Business Law in Paris and Montpellier, France through the Universite Montpellier II. After graduating law school in 2009, Michael participated in a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Florida General Counsel’s office.
In April 2010, Michael joined the Ticktin Law Group where he oversees the Entertainment Law Division, Administrative Law Division, as well as assists in Business Litigation Cases. Michael is involved with the local community in South Florida as an executive board member of Emerge Broward, and Petset, part of the Humane Society of Broward County. Michael also is active through his participation in the BNI Business Exchange Chapter in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and as the Coordinator for the Ticktin Law Group’s participation in the American Heart Association Heartwalk.
Michael is admitted to practice in Federal Court as a member of the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.